Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Secretary of State #60 and Full Disclosure

I read a lot of books. Sometimes I read to escape. Other times I read to learn. But most often I read just because I enjoy reading.

That is how I started my blog last Tuesday. (You can read it here.)

Last week I shared about my trip to the Secretary of State (or DMV in some states). At the end of my post I promised to tell you more about the book I was reading last week.

What was I reading? 

A big book. At home. Inside. Nice chair. Warm blanket. Mug full of good coffee or tea. Perhaps a little honey mixed in. Silence. Broken only by the turning of the pages. Time is not important, but the story is.

Dee Henderson knows how to weave a story.

I have read many of her books before. This one had been on my nightstand for awhile. This time it was the length of the book. Almost 500 pages. When would I have time to read all those pages?

During snow/cold/freezing days!

So, what is so special about this book that I had a VERY difficult time putting it down?

It's the story. The characters. Their interaction. The truth that they are looking for. Answers that everyone wants, but which are buried under deep layers. It's the story of the protagonists and the how they are connected to the other characters. How their stories intermingle, and the layers are slowly being pulled away so that the truth can shine a little more brightly after each layer. It's the story.

It's the story of two people who have lived life for a few decades. They are no longer in their twenties. They have experienced loss, love and life. They are characters that I can relate to. They have a story to tell.

Their story takes a few turns. Doubts about relationship. About future. Fears area real. So is love. Trust is everything. The book tells a story about two people who are also telling a story. At the same time their story makes you think about your own story. What would be the layers in my story?

Now I have another Dee Henderson book waiting for me on my nightstand. I might not get to it for a little while (this is March after all). The anticipation, however, is part of my story as the reader.

What is your story today?


  1. Thanks for revealing your book, Jaana! I have work to do this morning with my school delay, but I am putting it on my list! The TBR pile is such a huge part of my "readerly" life!

  2. I love when I have the time to spend with characters. So often, it's a rushed ten minute visit and just as soon as they become really interesting, I have to leave. Thanks for sharing your reading story!

  3. Always looking for good book recommendations. I'll add it to my TBR list (it just keeps growing - a good thing). Haven't read anything by Dee Henderson. Thanks for the update.

  4. I'll have to shelve this away till summer - but it sounds like a perfect "beach read".

  5. I'll have to shelve this away till summer - but it sounds like a perfect "beach read".

  6. Wouldn't it be great if instead of waiting for snow days some "reading days" were on official school calendars?

  7. I was waiting for today to find out what book you were reading. There is nothing light getting caught up in the lives of the characters in a book. I am nearing the end of Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. It is book one in a three book series. Book two comes out soon. Can't wait.

  8. Your description makes me want to read this book. Thanks for a good recommendation! I am reading The Secret Wisdom of the Earth and although parts are tough it is a very good book on many levels. And like you I wonder when I will have time to finish it, this being the March SOLC and all!

  9. I love the little paragraph where you describe the act of reading so fondly and vividly: "A big book..." What a great way to bring the joy of reading alive! :-)

  10. Well the anticipation has been building all week. I just checked online and a copy is available at my library. I am going right now to fetch it. See how your words influenced me. :)

  11. Sounds great!!!!!! Thanks Jaana!


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